Former USC standout and NFL running back Joe McKnight has reportedly been shot and killed in Terrytown, Louisiana. Family members have identified McKnight as the victim in a shooting that happened after an argument at an intersection. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that occurred at around 3 p.m.
A witness to the shooting claims a man at the intersection was yelling at another man who was attempting to apologize to him. The man yelling then shot the victim more than once. She said the shooter then stood over the victim and said, “I told you don’t you f*** with me.” He then fired his gun again.
McKnight spent parts of four seasons in the NFL, three with the New York Jets and one with Kansas City Chiefs. The native of Kenner, Louisiana was a top high school recruit, who made an impact early at USC under Pete Carroll. While hailed as “the next Reggie Bush,” he never lived up to that status but became a big part of the Trojans’ offense during his three years on campus. As a junior in 2009 he rushed for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He then entered the NFL draft and was selected by the Jets in the fourth round.
McKnight actually played five games in the Canadian Football League this season, including a 150-yard rushing game for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in his debut appearance for the team.
McKnight was just 28 years old. Our thoughts are obviously with his family and friends.